The Hansen Family Award is given to pioneer achievements in basic medical research that have the potential to improve healthcare and the treatment of illnesses in the long term.
The Bayer Science & Education Foundation confers this award every two years to researchers in the German-speaking region. It is endowed with a € 75,000 prize. Breakthroughs in the fields of medical chemistry, human biology & genetics, drug research, red biotechnology, genetic engineering, cell physiology, structural biology and bioinformatics are considered for the award.
The award was endowed by the former Bayer CEO Dr. Kurt Hansen in 2000. Hansen was the CEO of Bayer AG from 1962 to 1974. Under his leadership, the international positioning of the Group was intensively advanced, particularly in non-European countries.
The trained chemist considered excellent basic research and the promotion of scientific talents as crucial elements for the long-term success of the company.